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Vic Carucci

Vic Carucci covers the Bills and NFL for The Buffalo News. He is a Pro Football Hall of Fame selector, has authored nine books about pro football and is a past president of the Professional Football Writers of America.


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Since the NFL instituted the franchise tag in 1993, the Buffalo Bills have used it five times. Don’t look for them to employ it a sixth time Tuesday, when the league allows each team to apply the tag to one of its unrestricted free agents. The reason? Simple. The Bills don’t have an unrestricted free agent worth tagging among the 18 players who are headed to that sta…

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For all of the clamoring for the Buffalo Bills to select a quarterback in the first round of April’s NFL Draft, there are strong cases to be made at other positions. One that could be deemed as being every bit as obvious as the man behind center is the center, himself, especially in the wake of Eric Wood’s career-ending neck injury. If the Bills go that route, the na…

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You have Buffalo Bills questions you've submitted to me via Twitter @viccarucci. I've got answers: The lack of continuity with Bills coaching has been a big problem for a long time. After surprising many by making the playoffs and ending the drought, McDermott has replaced Byrd (why?) his OC & may need to replace his DC if Frazier leaves. Continuity?... — Michae…

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Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier will interview for the Indianapolis Colts' head coaching job. The Buffalo News confirmed a report, from NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, that the Colts sought permission from the Bills to interview Frazier. The News also learned, via an NFL source, that permission was granted. Frazier is one of three candidates for the Colt…

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The AFC East wasn't part of the NFL's latest round of head-coaching turnover, but it did come within one bizarre, he’s-our-head-coach-oops-no-he-isn’t drama of having all four teams change offensive coordinators. As it is, each club in the division has made a coordinator switch. To review: The Buffalo Bills replaced offensive coordinator Rick Dennison with Brian…

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MINNEAPOLIS – Here are my five takes from the Philadelphia Eagles' stunning, 41-33 upset victory against the New England Patriots Sunday: 1. How the heck does Nick Foles go from Super Bowl MVP to his previous status as the backup to Carson Wentz? In the days leading up to the game, Foles said that going back to being an understudy was something he was fully p…

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MINNEAPOLIS – If someone were to tell you Super Bowl LII would be a game of dueling quarterbacks between Tom Brady and Nick Foles, you would assume the winner would, of course, be Brady, right? The NFL MVP forever. The GOAT. The owner of five Super Bowl rings. Sunday night, the script changed. Sure, Brady put up magnificent numbers, completing 28 of 48 passes for a S…

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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — The wait is finally over. Terrell Owens Saturday was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2018. The former standout wide receiver, who spent one of his 15 NFL seasons with the Buffalo Bills, was chosen for induction into the Canton, Ohio, shrine in his third year of eligibility. The rest of the Class of ‘18 includes linebackers…

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This is the second in a series of in-depth features on potential quarterbacks for the Bills. BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Nick Foles insists he's living in the moment. He refuses to ponder the possibility of quarterbacking a team other than the Philadelphia Eagles next season, even if there's more than a reasonable chance of that being the case. At least, that's Foles' pu…

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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Tyrod Taylor said he would like to remain the quarterback of the Buffalo Bills, but he will not accept another pay cut to do so. "Nah, that's not really part of the plan right now," Taylor told The Buffalo News Friday, while making appearances at the media center for Super Bowl LII on behalf of designer eyeglass frames he's promoting. "Definitely no…

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — In the grand scheme of Jim Schwartz's NFL coaching career, it was almost the equivalent of an airport layover. Schwartz had intended to spend more than one year as defensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills, but 2014 was all he got because the head coach, Doug Marrone, resigned after the season and defensive-oriented Rex Ryan took over with an entirely…

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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — The meetings were more than meetings, more than the tedious grind of staring at video of football games and a white board covered with Xs and Os, lines and arrows. These gatherings at the New England Patriots' facility had a personal feel to them, because Brian Daboll made a point of creating such an atmosphere. "He always kind of treated us like…

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Growing up in Buffalo, Corey Graham dreamed of playing in the NFL. As he pretended to be Deion Sanders in pickup games, his dreams included one day having the chance to be on the field during a Super Bowl. Graham wound up doing exactly that, and earning a ring, in the first of the two seasons (2012 and 2013) he spent as a defensive back with the Baltim…

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — They were supposed to have been the dynamic foundation on the back end of Rex Ryan's blitz-happy Buffalo Bills defense. Stephon Gilmore and Ronald Darby. When Ryan boldly promised during that first news conference as the Bills' coach about having the NFL's best defense, he was thinking of such a cornerback duo, even though the team had yet to make D…

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — He's a sentimental favorite, someone for whom a victory Sunday would be gladly shared by so many people from his past, as well as his present. Once, just once, could Frank Reich get a Super Bowl ring? His upbeat personality and warm smile have long won people over, going back to his days as the understudy for the Hall-of-Fame-bound starting quarterb…